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Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Day was first born out of a moment of despair and darkness- founder, Treveia Dennis, lost two sons and a brother and thought she lost everything. Through the kindness of strangers and local organizations, their acts of kindness brought a glimpse of hope. She knew that she had to continue to spread kindness.

The first RAK Day, in 2014, was an official gathering of charities, organizations, philanthropists and volunteers giving back to their communities. Random Act of Kindness Day was proclaimed an official day on July 25th from Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Inspired by the heartfelt stories of the courageous individuals that risk their lives daily, of the tireless public servants committed to making a difference, of those whose mission and passion are to serve in their communities by helping others, RAK Day had to be the platform for the unsung heroes of our city!

With generous support from Houston’s Royal Sonesta Hotel and in celebration of RAK Day, the Annual Houston Humanitarian Awards were established to recognize local heroes that exemplify kindness by giving back to their communities. The Annual Houston Humanitarian Awards honor ten individuals who have given of themselves unselfishly at an extravagant annual gala and given a letter of recognition by Mayor Sylvester Turner.